Playwright Michael Mitnick sat down at his kitchen table late one evening in September 2009 to experiment with a few pages of a play he intended to use as his senior thesis. He finished the next morning with the entire first act of what would later become “Elijah” and would earn him a place in Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2011 New Play Workshop Festival. The play opens at 8 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater as the first of three new plays making their debut in this season’s festival.
As Ethan McSweeny settles into his new role as artistic director for the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, he said he feels nostalgic for his time with Chautauqua Theater Company. “It was such a